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Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

Published on Feb 5, 2014 at 7:34 am in Trucking Accident.

common truck accident causesIf you’ve been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, or you’re a frequent interstate traveler and want to be more educated about possible dangers, you should know that the two most common causes of fatal accidents involving big-rigs are driver error and equipment problems.

  • Driver Error – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted a study with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and found that “action or inaction by driver of either the truck or the other vehicle was the critical reason for 88 percent of crashes.”

This study provided unprecedented facts about information before the crash, which gives a fuller picture of all of the factors. By far, the two most common causes of driver error are driver fatigue and sleep deprivation.

Common Causes of Large Truck Crashes

Published on Jan 22, 2014 at 8:22 am in Trucking Accident.

Kentucky Truck AccidentWhen it comes to serious crashes involving large trucks, experts say there is rarely one single cause of the accident. When large trucks (usually considered to be those with a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds) are involved in accidents with passenger vehicles, data shows that the cars are at fault most of the time.

Rarely One Single Factor

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a large study examining the causes for serious crashes involving large trucks for a period covering April 2001 through December 2003. Each accident involved at least one large truck and resulted in a fatality or injury.

How to Report Unsafe Truck Drivers

Published on Jan 15, 2014 at 8:09 am in Trucking Accident.

Kentucky Truck AccidentDespite many truck drivers who go about their business in a professional manner, every once in a while you run across a crazy one wielding his 10,000-pound vehicle like it’s a weapon. What can you do? The answer depends on the type of truck service involved.

Federal Reporting

The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the national regulator for moving companies, including bus and truck companies. Depending on the circumstances, they may be able to process a complaint. The complaints can cover unsafe driving, but also any concerns about service issues.

HOS Changes on Fatigue Caught Up in Court

Published on Aug 28, 2013 at 8:23 am in Trucking Accident.

Accidents caused by truck driver fatigue have caused both the trucking industry and the federal government to consider how the problem might be reduced. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) attempt to solve the problem with changes in regulation has been tied up in court due to challenges by the industry.

As reported by TheTrucker.com, the FMCSA issued the notice of rulemaking to change the Hours-of-Service (HOS) requirements 30 months ago, and proposed the final rules 18 months ago. The new rules were set to be effective July 1, 2013. However, the American Trucking Associations, Inc. (ATA) brought suit last year, claiming the rules are based on irrelevant crash research data. The ATA also claims the new rules would not actually increase safety and would cost the trucking industry more than $400 million each year.